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Coastal erosion threatens southernmost province

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The southernmost province of Ca Mau is facing coastal erosion which has worsened over recent years.

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A delegation led by National Assembly Vice Chairman Phung Quoc Hien visited Ca Mau. 

The southernmost province of Ca Mau is facing coastal erosion which has worsened over recent years.

More than 100 kilometres of the eastern and western coastline of the province have eroded, threatening dykes.

Over the past decade, the province has lost up to 8,800 hectares of coastal forests. Erosion has also happened at 27 local riverside spots along 38 kilometres.

So far this year, more than 3,400 metres of riverside land have eroded. More than 1,000 local households need to be relocated for ensure safety.

Provincial authorities propose the government to increase financial support for the locality for dyke upgrades and construction. The province also expects to receive funding of VND300 billion (USD13 million) from the state budget to build a resettlement area for 350 households in Nam Can District which need to be urgently relocated.

Ca Mau authorities suggested calling for private investment to build dykes to protect coastal protection forests.

At the meeting with provincial authorities, National Assembly vice chairman Phung Quoc Hien noted the scale of the issue.

According to Hien, the province should work with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to submit proposals to the government and then the National Assembling Standing Committee for consideration.



Source: Dtinews 

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